A 4 page essay that offers an explication of Arnold's poem "Dover Beach." The writer argues that the poem expresses Arnold's negative reaction against the effects of industrialization on England in the nineteenth century and also his faith in the redeeming power of love. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Matthew Arnold/Dover Beach -February, 2004 properly!
In his novel Wild Oats, Jacob Epstein puts his adolescent protagonist in the awkward position of having to explain to the rest of his English class the meaning of Matthew
Arnolds poem "Dover Beach." The boy struggles through the poem as if he were decoding a foreign language when he suddenly experiences an epiphany of enlightenment and says, "Yeah, yeah,
that makes some sense. The worlds fucked up, but the dudes in there with some fox, so he dont give a shit" (Taylor 53). While this sentiment is crudely phrased,
it is also a rather concise summation of the gist of Arnolds poem, which expresses Arnolds negative reaction against the effects of industrialization on England in the nineteenth century and
also his faith in the redeeming power of love. The poem begins with Arnold focusing on the sea and picturing its romantic beauty for the reader. "The sea
is calm tonight/The tide is full, the moon lies fair/Upon the straight--on the French cost the light/Gleams and is gone" (lines 1-4). The poet describes the "glimmering" cliffs of England
and invites a companion to come to the window and observe the pristine and awesome beauty of the natural scene. In the closing lines of this stanza, Arnold emphasizes
the timelessness of the scene, that is, how the drama of the sea is never ceasing. In this first stanza, Arnold sets the stage for his revelry on the human
condition by evoking a beautiful, timeless picture of natural beauty. In the second stanza, he uses the sea as a metaphor to connect himself to the past. Arnold points